CKTS-AM

CKTS-AM, Sherbrooke

Corus Enterainment Inc. (closed down)

StationYearFreq.PowerOwner/Info
CKTS-AM
2006
900
1,000
Corus Enterainment Inc. (closed down)
CKTS-AM
2005
900
1,000
Corus Entertainment Inc
CKTS-AM
2002
900
1,000
Astral Media Inc.
CKTS-AM
2001
900
1,000
Télémédia Radio (Québec) Inc.
CKTS-AM
1999
900
1,000
Telemedia Radio Inc.
CKTS-AM
1959
900
1,000
The Telegram Printing & Publishing Co.
CKTS-AM
1946
1240
250
The Telegram Printing & Publishing Co.
1945

It was announced that Sherbrooke would get a second radio station. CKTS would operate on 1240 kHz and was expected to start operations in late January of 1946. The station would be owned and operated by the Sherbrooke Telegram and Printing Co.

1946

CKTS, designed to serve the English population of the Eastern Townships, began test transmissions in May. It was now hoping to begin commercial operations on June 1. CKTS commenced test transmissions on June 1 and the Telegram Printing & Publishing Co. officially opened the station on July 1. It operated on a frequency of 1240 kHz with a power of 250 watts. Studios were co-located with CHLT at 3 Marquette Street. The transmitter was also co-located with CHLT, on King Street East. CKTS was designed to serve the English population of the Eastern Townships. The “TS” in the call sign: Telegram-Sherbrooke. Some of the owners of CHLT were also involved in the ownership of CHLT.

1947

A. Gautier was manager of CKTS and CHLT.

1949

CHLT/CKTS ad: The Voice of The Eastern Townships. (CHLT French 900 kHz 1,000 watts and CKTS English 1240 kHz 250 watts).

1950

The CBC Board approved the transfer of 20 shares in Telegram Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.

1954

CKTS was a CBC Dominion affiliate and served the Eastern Townships.

1957

CKTS was listed as a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate and owned by Telegram Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd. (Sen. C. B. Howard 60.9%, Alphee Gauthier 2.5%, Jean-Louis Gauthier 12.2%, Colin C. Campbell 12.2% and John Jacob Dunn 12.2%).

1959

CKTS moved to 900 kHz and increased power to 1,000 watts.

1962

The Trans-Canada and Dominion networks were consolidated into a single service. CKTS remained a CBC affiliate after the merger.

1965

Gordon H. Beerworth was president of Telegram Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd. and manager, news and farm director of CKTS. Kenneth Fowler was assistant manager, program and production manager. Gordon Breen was chief announcer and sports director. Charlie Hunter was morning man.

Undated

The Telegram sold CKTS to Telemedia.

1967

CHLT-AM-FM-TV/CKTS opened new studios and offices on October 23 putting all four stations under one roof. Known as the RTS Broadcast Centre, located on Bourque Blvd. Bob Butler is promo manager. Three TV studios (80x50, 50x50 and 42x21 feet). Still to be officially opened at a later date. Stations had been in cramped quarters downtown.

1968

Philippe De Gaspe Beaubien, director of operations, Expo 67, was named president of Quebec Telemedia Inc., succeeding Claude Frenette, general counsel of Power Corp., the largest shareholder in QTI, which administers CHLT-AM-FM-TV and CKTS. The French stations operate under the name Radio-Television Sherbrooke (1967) Inc. with Jean-Louis Gauthier as president. CKTS is operated by subsidiary company, Telegram Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd. with Lt.-Col. John J. Dunn, president. Galen Driver was farm show host.   Ad: Now 10,000 watts - English Radio continues to progress in the Eastern Townships of Quebec!

1970 

Power Corp. sold a controlling interest in CKTS (Telegram Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.) and a number of other stations to Philipe de Gaspe Beaubien’s Telemedia (Quebec) Inc. (owned by Telemedia Communications Ltee, in turn owned by Beaudem Ltee). Power would retain through ownership debentures, a large financial interest in the new company for a period of time. Philipe de Gaspe Beaubien would control more than 80% of the votes of the company.

1971

On December 31, Telegram Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd. was given approval to change its name to CKTS Radio Sherbrooke Ltee.

1978

On May 16, CKTS Radio Sherbrooke Ltee was granted authority to transfer ownership from Beaudem Ltee to Telemedia Communications Ltee (a subsidiary of Beaudem). Telmed Ltee, CKCV (Quebec) Ltee, CKAC Ltee, CHLT Radio Sherbrooke Ltee, Metro-Media Communications (1977) Ltee and Telemedia Communications Ltee all amalgamated under the name of Telemedia Communications Ltee.,a wholly owned subsidiary of Beaudem Ltee. Telemedia would then become the direct licensee of the six AM and three FM stations it already controls in Quebec.

1981

An application by CKTS to modify its 10,000 watt pattern on 900 kHz was denied by the CRTC as technically incompatible with the new station at St-Jerome.

1982

Paul Desruisseaux passed away at age 76. He was a lawyer, senator, and former owner of La Tribune, CHLT-AM-TV and CKTS-AM.

1991

Quebec's only English-language commercial radio station off the island of Montreal signed off after 45 years of broadcasting. CKTS ceased to exist in mid-October. Following an agreement between owner Telemedia and Standard Broadcasting, the 900 kHz frequency in Sherbrooke was now simulcasting Standard's CJAD 800 from Montreal. Telemedia reportedly lost $2.9 million on CKTS since 1969 - $250,000 in the last year.

1992

Telemedia made arrangements with Standard Radio Inc. to rebroadcast the programming of Standard’s CJAD Montreal over CKTS. The station would continue to produce a limited amount of local programming.

1999

The corporate name changed from Telemedia Communications Inc. to Telemedia Radio Inc.

2001

The corporate name changed from Telemedia Radio Inc. to Télémédia Radio (Québec) inc.

2002

Astral Media Inc. acquired Telemedia’s stations in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

2005

On January 21, the CRTC approved an exchange of assets between Corus Entertainment Inc. and Astral Media Radio Inc. Corus acquired from Astral: CKAC Montréal, CHRC Québec, CJRC Gatineau, CKRS Saguenay, CHLN Trois-Rivières, CHLT and CKTS Sherbrooke, and CFOM-FM Lévis. Astral  acquired from Corus: CFVM-FM Amqui, CJDM-FM Drummondville, CJOI-FM and CIKI-FM Rimouski, and CFZZ-FM Saint-Jean-Iberville.

2006

On November 19, Corus Radio pulled the plug on CKTS 900. The station had been rebroadcasting Standard Radio's CJAD 800 in Montreal since 1992. Corus stated that CKTS needed major antenna work and Standard was not willing to cover the costs. CKTS was the last English language AM station in Quebec outside of Montreal.

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